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Ready for Back to School? Child Eye Exams Should Be Yearly – Here’s Why

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Our eyes are the main instrument in learning, and seeing clearly in the classroom is the stepping stone to how a child will enjoy their childhood. A child who receives a comprehensive pediatric eye exam not only can monitor their body's health, but the eyes display numerous signs regarding many conditions than without early treatment can lead to complications in adulthood. When your child is an infant, certain conditions can be hard to treat; therefore, beginning at age 6 months, should children should receive comprehensive eye exams every year to assess any conditions.

Strabismus is an example of an eye condition that can go unnoticed, where there is a misalignment of the eyes. One eye could look straight forward as the other one stares in a different direction. This misalignment is caused by muscles which controls eye movement, and often children with cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, prematurity or brain tumors are especially susceptible. Normally, the eyes can view an object with only a slight variation, and the brain can then interpret the image and fuse the picture  together for a clear view. This process is called binocular fusion. However, when there is a misalignment, the eyes send completely different images and binocular fusion fails to correct the view.

A common result of strabismus is ambylopia or "lazy eye." A lazy eye provides very poor vision in one eye, due to improper development, and can lead to serious vision problems even into adulthood, if not diagnosed or  properly treated. Also, the other I can develop visual defect interrupt depth perception can be lost. More common, though, for children are nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.  An astigmatism simply means the cornea curves in an irregular way, either flatter than it should be or too steep. So, when light tries to enter the eye, the astigmatism prevents the cornea to focus properly, resulting in blurred vision.

Aside from these more serious conditions, Dr. Morgan can check your child's basic eye skills to ensure good eyesight for learning. These include eye movement skills, peripheral awareness and hand-eye coordination.

Contact our office today for more information, and to schedule your child's comprehensive eye exam.


MVC will close Nov 23 at 1230 and will closed for Thanksgiving weekend until Nov 29 at 9 am.